Archbishop Sigeric's pilgrimage to Rome in 990

Ortenberg West-Harling, Veronica (1990) Archbishop Sigeric's pilgrimage to Rome in 990. Anglo-saxon England, 19. pp. 197-246. ISSN 0263-6751

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Abstract

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury went to Rome in 990, to fetch his pallium. Sigeric, formerly a monk of Glastonbury and then abbot of St Augustine's, Canterbury, had been consecrated bishop of Ramsbury in 985, and became archbishop of Canterbury at the end of 989 or at the beginning of 990, on the death of Archbishop Æthelgar. During the journey, or more likely, once he had returned to England, he committed to writing a diary covering his journey and his stay in Rome. This year, the 1000th anniversary of Sigeric's visit to the 'city of St Peter', as medieval travellers called Rome, seems a suitable time to undertake a new examination of the considerable devotional and artistic impact of the Roman pilgrimage on the cultural and spiritual life of the late Anglo-Saxon Church.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositing User: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2015 07:20
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2015 13:22
URI: http://www.rmoa.unina.it/id/eprint/1310

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